MSc / PhD position at Trent University Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Roosting ecology of Chimney Swifts PhD would also examine the relationships among movement patterns, breeding success, and exposure to contaminants Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) are classified as Threatened in Canada and in the province of Ontario. Causes of their decline are likely related to decreases in food supply and suitable habitat. Because they require very large chimneys for roosting, a major habitat limitation is the availability of roosting sites – sites where migrating birds (and those not busy incubating) congregate overnight. The conditions that constitute an attractive roost site are not known, nor is there any information on exactly how swifts use these roosts. In collaboration with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, we seek an MSc student to answer these questions. Field work will be centered in the Deep River / Pembroke area of Ontario, and the student will perform thesis work at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Field work will involve measuring the internal conditions (light, temperature, etc.) in active and non-active roost sites, as well as monitoring and analyzing behavioral data from roosting swifts captured on video camera. The possibility exists for this project to constitute, or be expanded into, a PhD project. In this case, additional work requirements would involve using radio-telemetry to follow roosting swifts to nesting sites. Further, such breeding parameters will be relevant to analyzing the possibility and/or level of exposure to contaminants experienced by swifts in some roost sites. Funding is available to support either an MSc or PhD Student and the research project that would allow the project to commence in May 2012. To Apply: Further details regarding the project can be obtained by contacting Dr. Joseph Nocera (email@example.com; http://people.trentu.ca/joenocera) at Trent University and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources or Annie Morin at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested applicants should submit a covering letter, a CV, and contact details for three possible referees to Dr. Joseph Nocera. We will begin to accept applications immediately, and will continue to do so until January 9, 2012. Qualifications: The successful applicant will need to meet the entrance requirements for Masters / Doctoral candidates into Trent University’s Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program (http://www.trentu.ca/els). Preference will be given to candidates with research experience that would be competitive for external and internal scholarships.
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